Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stanza or poem of four lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a poem in four lines
  • n. a stanza of four lines

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stanza of four lines rhyming alternately.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stanza of four lines riming alternately.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stanza of four lines

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from quatre, four, from Latin quattuor; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The Rubaiyat of Omar Khwatrain

    A stanza or poem of four lines,
    A stanza of four lines riming alternately.
    A poem in four lines,
    A stanza of four lines.

    June 23, 2012